questionshow much do you like chuck e. cheeses?

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I'm a CEC fan, but my fiance LOVES him. I threw her a Chuck E Cheese party for her 32nd birthday. Pizza, cake, tokens... the whole deal. We had about 15 people there, wore the party hats and everything. Got a great picture with Chuck and she got her birthday girl medallion.

I admit I'm a little sad that they're changing Chuck E, but I guess they have to stay relevant to survive. LONG LIVE CHUCK E CHEESES, WHERE A KID CAN BE A KID (even over 30)!

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With children these days it's no wonder Chuck E Cheese has to retool their advertising. Why would a kid want to go somewhere to play games that require money when they have all the games they've ever wanted on their iPad? I've seen a number of these places, Leaps and Bounds, Fun Zone, Family Land, etc, all those types of indoor game places go under over the last decade. Maybe it is the economy, but I think some of it has to do with how children are entertained these days.

It happens and it is a cycle, I'm sure 20 years ago the previous generation was sitting around complaining about how kids need Chuck E Cheese to keep them entertained. So good for Chuck E Cheese for attempting to get some business back with a new image, it is definitely the right step.

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I went there on my 40th birthday

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Just had a party there for my boys, it was easy, fun and not ridiculously expensive. And, when it was over, we left them to clean up the mess.

That said, Chuck freaked out my 6 year old pretty good.

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@eraten: "Why would a kid want to go somewhere to play games that require money when they have all the games they've ever wanted on their iPad?"

For kids under 10 years old, Chuck E Cheese trumps our Playstion, Xbox, Wii, iPad, 3DS, etc. for one reason: TICKETS.

Kids love the tickets and love to spend $50 of their parents money so they can go home with a 10 cent plastic snake.

Personally, I don't mind Chuck E Cheese because it is decent, wholesome fun for my kids and relatively inexpensive compared to other activities. I sure wouldn't go there voluntarily without my kids, though...

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I HATE it. My kids love it though. They are somehow convinced that Chuck E. Cheese's pizza is the best pizza ever. I'll blame that on my wife's side of the family. Somehow...

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I always think of Michael Scott when I think about Chuck E Cheese.

Dwight with a concussion: Where are we going?
Jim: Chuck E Cheese, Dwight.
Michael: I'm sick of Chuck E. Cheese.
Jim: We're going to the hospital, Michael...

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@wnyx585am: Exactly what I had in mind. The tickets, even though the prize to amount paid ratio isn't close together, it's all about the fun! Plus ca'mon now, you're making the kids go outside the house for once.

And another thing, I don't know what they do to their french fries.. but I'm crazy for it.

Their pizza is pretty good. At least they're baked fresh still also. I haven't had breakfast yet and I'm craving for pizza right now.

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I love CEC but hate taking the kids with me.

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I love cheese but not a bunch of crazy children

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"Revenue at its locations open at least a year fell 4.2 percent in the first quarter"

follow me here: so its enough of a loss that they need to change their mascot. but not enough of a loss to change more than their mascot.

The new voice for chuck e cheese:
Jaret Reddick, the lead singer for the pop-punk bank Bowling for Soup.
Picture Jim Breuer from Saturday Night Live.
Bowling for Soup sung that song Girl all the Bad Guys want. and 1985.

are we taking any bets on what the revamped ?

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The pizza is barely that, always loud with kids, but my grandchildren love it so I go...and pay.

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Bowling for Soup also does the theme song for Phineas and Ferb, and Reddick is also the lead singing voice for Love Handel.

That said, the last time I was in a CEC with just my wife and kids, may be seven years ago, we were sitting in a booth and the manager asked us if we could move tables to make room for a party. It was no hassle, so we got up and moved, then he came by and gave us a cup full of tokens. It was one of the reusable plastic soda cups with lids for kids, I figured there was about $50 worth of tokens there. We didn't ask for anything to move and didn't expect anything.

We figured afterward it was probably good business since we'd likely keep coming back and buying food each time we use the tokens. Well, the tokens are all still in that same cup, in my top desk drawer, these seven years later. We haven't gone back since and since we have no friends with kids that young, they'll likely never be used.

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It seemed like we lived at Chuck E Cheese when son was little. He loved it.

He had all the plush & PVC characters (they're packed away in the attic)
His dad made him a stage out of shoe box with lights and curtain
It would cheer him up after a long trip (vacation, road trip, etc.)

The one in Tacoma at that time was fabulous. It was freaking huge (2 stories) with a 2 story tall Chuck E. rotating in the front window. A massive ball pit. The best part was the party crew. They would get in those costumes and do amazing dances - picture break dancing with those huge heads. They were some amazing teenagers.

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I like the ones that serve beer.

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I was a nanny for a summer in college for two brats. Chuck E Cheese and our season passes to Six Flags made the summer much less painful. Of course spoiling the kids by taking them somewhere like that about once a week certainly didn't help the brat factor, but I'm proud to say I thought them please and thank you to say the least. I thought their mom was going to faint the first time she heard her 5 yr old say please when he asked me for something.

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It's give or take for me. I wouldn't go there by myself, just for the fun of it. I think the pizza is terrible (my dad loves it though!). I usually take a little guy when I'm in charge of watching him, it's the safest way to let him have some fun. At least I know he's not leaving without me, lol! Plus, he's a ticket monster, he loves going for those tickets. So, what the heck...I'm all for it in that case. Happy kid = much easier to watch!

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@daveinsocal @wootfast @elforman @thunderthighs

I saw the new commercial a couple of times today and I just found one on YouTube and anyone else whos interested on the "new" Chuck E Cheese.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7UC-py5RRw